News Release September 22, 2008

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Olympian, others recognized for contributions to provincial bicycling achievements



REGINA -- Canadian Olympic cyclist Alex Wrubleski is among 11 Saskatchewan cyclists who received achievement awards as the 2008 cycling season draws to a close. The cyclists were recognized at the Saskatchewan Cycling Association annual general meeting and awards luncheon in Saskatoon on Sunday, September 21.

Wrubleski, who now lives in Calgary but still calls Saskatchewan home, won the Wotton Bowl Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in road or track competition during the preceding twelve months. She was described as completing an "amazing season marked by many notable performances that began with her win at the Redlands Classic in California; a 6th place finish at a Women's World Cup race in the Netherlands; a double-medal performance at the Canadian National Road championships in Quebec, where she won Gold in the road race and Bronze in the time trial; and finally her selection to the Canadian Olympic Team in Beijing, where she crashed hard, suffered whiplash, yet finished the road race on a borrowed bike, followed by a 24th place finish in the time trial the next day."

Jay Van Ginneken of Regina, received the President's Award. Van Ginneken has been involved with the Offroad Syndicate for six years, including the past four as president of the mountain biking club. He also redesigned the Saskatchewan Cycling Association website.

The Ken Wilson Achievement Award, presented for an outstanding personal result in a timed cycling event, went to Brad Kerr of Regina for strong performances in British Columbia race series, riding for team Total Restoration.

Andrea Bunnin from Saskatoon, won the Mountain Bike Top Rider of the Year Award for "completing a tough, extreme season of mountain biking that included good results every time out and ended with a fourth place finish in the U23 category at the Mountain Bike Nationals in Mont Sainte-Anne in Quebec in July."

Andrew Thomas of Lumsden was named Cyclocross rider of the year for his invitation to the CDN U23 National Team racing the World Cyclocross Championships in Italy in January. This is the first time this award has been presented.

The Cameco Volunteer Award, presented for volunteer contribution in the Mountain Bike sector, went to Tom Hawboldt of Battleford for his work "a driving force behind the North West Mountain Bike Club."

Ron Cooley of Saskatoon received the Outstanding Volunteer in the Road Sector Award for his event photography, which Cooley describes as "quirky", but others describe as a "talent for making anyone look fast on a bike."

Dale Cochrane of Melville received the Outstanding Volunteer in the Recreation and Transportation Sector. Although a member for only a couple of years, Cochrane inspired and planned the 2008 Great Annual Saskatchewan Pedal (GASP). The 2008 tour was an off-pavement adventure which drew on Cochrane's extensive and personal knowledge of the Qu'Appelle Valley.

Long Term Service awards went to Bob Cochran of Regina (10 years), Patty Thomas of Regina (five years) and Susan Bladyko of Regina (five years).

Officers Elected in 2008

The association elected nine officers beginning two-year terms in 2008:

The following board members were elected in 2007 and continue in their two-year terms through 2009:

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For more information, please contact:

Wayne Walker, President, Saskatoon (306) 242-7476 wwwalker@sasktel.net

Darrell Noakes, Vice-President Public Relations, Saskatoon: (306) 343-6399 darrell@darrellnoakes.com

Denise Eberle, Executive Director, Regina: (306) 780-9299 cycling@accesscomm.ca







BACKGROUNDER

Saskatchewan Cycling Association awards 2008



Wotton Bowl Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement in Road Racing/Track during the past twelve months.

2008 Winner: Alex Wrubleski - Alex Wrubleski for an amazing season marked by many notable performances that began with her win at the Redlands Classic, California in April; a 6th place finish at Womens World Cup race #4 in the Netherlands; a double-medal performance at the Canadian National Rd championships where she won Gold in the RR and Bronze in the TT; and finally her selection to the CDN Olympic Team racing in Beijing where she crashed hard, suffered whiplash, but still finished the RR on a borrowed bike, followed by a 24th place finish in the TT the next day.

 

Mountain Bike Top Rider of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement in Mountain Bike Racing during the past twelve months.

2008 Winner: Andrea Bunnin for completing a tough, extreme season of mountain biking that included good results every time out and ended with a 4th place finish in the U23 category at MTB Nationals in July.
-Canada Cup#2 Mont Tremblant, QC: Andrea finished 21st of 26 Sr Elite women on a very muddy, very technical course -Canada Cup #4 Kamloops: in a 'race of survival and attrition' due to the extreme heat and dust, Andrea held on to podium in 3rd place in a field of 13 Sr Elite women.
-Canada Cup #5 Canmore: Andrea placed 8th in a field of 15 Sr Elite Women
-Mtb Nationals Mont St Anne: on a very technical course, Andrea placed 4th in a field of 6 U23 Women.

 

Cyclo-cross rider of the year (new for 2008)

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement in Cyclocross Racing during the past twelve months

2008 Winner: Andrew Thomas for his invitation to the CDN U23 National Team racing the World CX Championships in Italy, January 2008. - Selection to this team is based on UCI points that may be collected from designated races across Canada and the USA. Andrew collected these points placing 3rd U23 in Edmonton UCI race, and 7th U23 at CDN CX Nationals in Kamloops, BC. Andrew was originally selected as alternate to the CDN team followed by his subsequent invitation in January. This marks Andrew's 2nd selection to the CDN National CX Team in subsequent years

 

Cameco Volunteer Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding volunteer contribution in the Mountain Bike sector.

2008 Winner: Tom Hawboldt - for years a driving force behind the North West Mtb Club and its excellent annual race, this year Tom spent many hours as technical liaison for the Sask Games Mountain Bike course. He designed a great course for racers of varying abilities and coordinated another superb event.



Outstanding Volunteer in the Road Sector Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding volunteer contribution in the Road Racing/Track/Cyclo-Cross sector.

2008 Winner: Ron Cooley has been quietly photographing cyclists for the past several years. While he describes his photos as "quirky", our club feels that he has developed quite the talent for making anyone look fast on a bike. For this reason alone, we feel Ron should be awarded the Road Sector Volunteer Award. In addition to taking pictures, Ron has stepped up to manage several projects this year (both in Road and Mountain) and from all accounts he has done a bang up job. He is very candid and has a nice way with people. Finally, Ron is kindly sitting on the Sask Sport board. We think this kind of commitment to improving sport in Saskatchewan should be recognized. Thank you Ron.



Interclub trophy

2008 Winner: Cycledelia



Outstanding Volunteer in the Recreation & Transportation Sector

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding volunteer contribution in the R & T sector. The volunteer is allowed to receive this award only once.


2008 Winner: Dale Cochrane - He has only been a member for a couple years, and he came forward with the idea for this years gasp tour, our first week long off pavement tour. he researched the route, finding an excellent route through the valley and making many of the necessary first contacts with the local campground keepers and restaurants along the route. keeping us in the valley as long as possible leaving only when necessary to find a campground, he located many great roads, and arranged breakfasts at restaurants/hotels that normally don't serve breakfast. he was always available for route/road info, and provided a little ranching info along the way. the ride through his pasture was equally a benefit, not only unique, we are among the few to see Mission Lake from the ridge on the south side of the lake. Bonus. And while he cannot take credit for the rain, the ensuing ride through the mud/muck just seemed to add to the sense of experience on the following day. While we did detour to pavement sections later in the tour, I am glad we stuck to the valley including the mud to Ellisboro. Truely, Saskatchewan at it finest. he, and his wife Nora, hosted our stay in Westview, and provided breakfast to rather ravenous group, well done!



President's Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding volunteer contribution toward the overall development or progress of the SCA and can only be received once in a life time. This contribution may include development of a club, sector, committee, event, athlete or team, etc.

2008 Winner: Jay Van Ginneken. Along with being involved with the Offroad Syndicate club for 6 years and the last four he has been the president of the club. He also revitalized the look of the SCA website. Making it "green" to fit with the color most associated with Saskatchewan.



Long Term Service awards

Ken Wilson Achievement Award

Presented in memory of Ken Wilson, in recognition of his extensive service to the Saskatchewan Cycling Association. Ken was an active racer, commissaire and volunteer.

Purpose: To recognize a member of the Saskatchewan Cycling Association (SCA) who has achieved an outstanding personal result in a timed cycling event in the time period since the previous SCA awards ceremony.


2008 Winner: Brad Kerr

Brad Kerr for strong performances in the BC race series riding for Total Restoration.

BC Cup #3 Campbell Heights - This is the first time Brad Kerr has won a BC Cup. What made it especially sweet was the presence of all the top teams in Western Canada including some potential Olympic bound athletes. The men's race, which had them doing a 10Km course of 12 laps, was animated from the moment the gun went off with teams constantly launching attacks in an effort to get away. A Total Restoration's rider, Sean Williams, initiated a move on the second lap which saw a group of heavy hitters joining him and they stayed away for nearly 60 kilometers. As some of the riders from the original escape group started to fade, the leaders gap diminished to 20 seconds. Several riders made an attack from the main pack to catch the escape group ahead. One of these riders was Brad Kerr, who was riding extremely strong. With 12 riders now in the lead group, the pace was very fast. Despite being out numbered, Brad held off a flurry of attacks on the last lap and finally out kicked one other rider in the finishing sprint.

Tour de White Rock Road Race

The White Rock road race is on one tough course, with 2 steep climbs on the 12 km loop, and a large men's field starting. The Men were doing 11 loops, plus 6 small 4 km finishing loops. The first 3 laps were blistering fast, tearing the race apart with attacks going everywhere. By the start of the 4th lap the field had be cut in half. A small break got away with 3 riders, of no concern to the field. Symmetrics and Jittery Joes Cycling Team set tempo on the front, meaning the pace was consistent enough that no more people were getting dropped. On the last of the big loops, Chris Horner attacked, causing the field to split in 2. Brad Kerr and teammate, Cory Forrest, were able to make the front group. Onto the small loops Horner attacked again and he got away with 2 others. Brad and Cory were feeling good, but couldn't mark all the riders and 5 more got away. Cory sent off a spicey attack to try and bridge, but to no avail. On the last lap Brad made a move on the climb, Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck) caught up to Brad, with Cory on his wheel.

Around the last corner 2 Jittery Joes riders were able to catch on, and it was 5 riders sprinting for the line. Cory had to settle for 12th, with Brad right behind in 13th.